Knowledge

Our people and experience inform our knowledge base. Our research and future insight shape that knowledge into a vision of architecture. We invite you to explore the results.


August 8, 2017

By Mary Alice Palmer and Thomas E. Sprinkle, AIA

The excitement we feel when a project we’ve designed prepares to open never gets old. The sense of anticipation; watching it all come together after years in the making … there is nothing quite like it. We’re feeling it now as the W Hotel Bellevue opens its doors.

December 8, 2016

By Eddie Abeyta, AIA, LEED AP, principal and commercial design director, HKS, Inc.

Prominently situated on a historic hillside overlooking the Potomac River, MGM National Harbor is a premier entertainment destination and the first luxury gaming resort in the Capital Region. HKS designed MGM National Harbor to be a striking landmark to its community and gateway into Maryland. The architectural vision embodies a modern, bold and progressive design, while respecting the traditions of the District’s architecture and sense of place.

August 25, 2014

Insight from the HKS Hospitality Group

The future is now in hotel design, and from our projects on the boards for clients including Four Seasons, AMResorts, Omni, MGM, Marriott and many more notable developers and hospitality brands, we’re seeing that size doesn’t matter – but costs, flexible spaces and all things tech certainly do.

March 3, 2014

By Heath May, AIA, Vice President/Director of HKS Laboratory for INtensive Exploration (LINE)

Architects are discovering new ways to leverage advancements in technology to shift building design from a prescriptive approach to a performance-based process. Today, we have the ability to evaluate performance metrics of different iterations during the design process – enabling optimized solutions. Research, serving as the engine in the evolution of architecture, plays a vital role in performative design allowing us to seek advanced understanding of systems, materiality and tectonics.

February 17, 2014

By Dan Noble, President and CEO, HKS, Inc.

Join HKS for a year of events that will inform, inspire and start important conversations. We’re celebrating 75 years in the making. We’re going places. Are you along for the ride? The Join Us campaign will build momentum throughout the year with events, conferences, podcasts and more, with an emphasis on intelligence leadership. Topics range from “LEED v4: Mastering the Learning Curve” to “Thinking like a Researcher and Storyteller” to “Community Resiliency.”

August 22, 2013

By Dan Noble, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, Executive Vice President/Director of Design, HKS, Inc.

Buildings today are conceived and constructed in much the same way as they were hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. A design team envisions what can be and draws this up conferring with a builder on how to get it done, the builder sets out to build the design and confers with the design team about intent, there is much conflict and camaraderie and moments of exhaustion and exhilaration, and then one day the building is finished and put to use.

July 10, 2013

By Chris Mundell, AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President and Sustainable Design Coordinator, HKS, Inc.

With an overwhelming 86 percent vote, theU.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) membership approved the fourth version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program on July 1, 2013. LEED v4 will be released at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Philadelphia in November 2013.

June 7, 2012

By Kara Hanson, AIA LEED AP, Vice President/Designer, HKS Hill Glazier Studio; Hilary Jones, LEED AP, Associate/Project Designer; and Luciano Mazza, Vice President/Project Designer, HKS Hill Glazier Studio

We hope you’ve gleaned some key design takeaways from our Top 10 Design Tips to Dazzle Your Guests series. There’s a constant theme woven throughout each installment: how design is driven by what the guest wants, feels, sees, touches, hears and tastes. For this segment, we thought we would include the following tips written as if a guest wrote the Top 10 Tips for General Hotel Planning.

May 3, 2012

By Sze Chong, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President/Senior Designer, HKS Hill Glazier Studio; Regan Holton, Associate/Designer, HKS Hill Glazier Studio; and Melissa Voelker, LEED AP BD+C, Associate/Project Designer, HKS Hill Glazier Studio

Flexibility and connectivity are two key space requirements that meeting and event planners look for in a host hotel today. Flexibility is vital to celebratory gatherings, too, as is natural light and indoor-outdoor access. Yet many properties pre-dating the contemporary bride and groom or the laptop/smart device era are ill-equipped to meet the productivity demands of a modern business conference or accommodate a hip, open-air wedding. Whether designing meeting rooms from the ground up, or repositioning this all-important asset to attract more events and market revenue, designers need to keep adaptability top of mind. Here are HKS Hill Glazier Studio’s Top 10 design tips for hotel meeting and function facilities.

February 2, 2012

By Steve Doyel, Associate/Senior Designer, HKS Hill Glazier Studio and Luciano Mazza Vice President/Project Designer, HKS Hill Glazier Studio

An outstanding spa experience can help set a hotel or resort apart from its competition. From a design perspective, the spa presents an architect with an opportunity to get creative. From an ownership point of view, it is an integral profit center. Great spa design must be beautifully pristine, yet highly functional – imagine spa employees floating like butterflies in rarified air, creating a guest experience deluged in relaxation and rejuvenation – the ultimate escape.